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Trailer Talk: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I recently realized that I somehow never got around to watching the official trailer that was released for the film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I remember reading and loving the first book (don’t worry, I’ll get around to the others eventually!) and particularly liked the use of old, odd photographs in the book’s pages. To be able to see the entire book visually will be awesome.

Judging by the trailer, the film certainly will be exciting. I’m still unsure of how close it will match up to the book. I mean, I read it a long time ago, but even I saw the trailer and wondered where the heck they’d gotten some of those scenes from. Still, as long as it’s done well and they justify what they’ve had to take away, I don’t really care how much they add to it.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what your thoughts are on it. Are you excited? Disappointed? Indifferent? I’m feeling the urge to re-read book one and then marathon the other books as well.

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Thursday Thoughts: Movies I’m Eagerly Waiting For!

Hey everyone! Today I have movies on the brain because Thor just came out and I’m not going to be able to see it until winter break. I know, depressing, right? Instead of moping around and counting the days until Catching Fire, when I’ll next be able to go to the theater (who else is going to the midnight premiere?!) I’ll dream about all of the wonderful movies that make my fangirling heart glow with anticipation! And madness. Why must they all take so long to be released?

1. Frozen

I can’t express just how in love with all things Disney I am! I’m so excited for this new animated movie that looks like it’s just going to be amazing! I may have already started a countdown.

2. Saving Mr. Banks

Another Disney movie! This one with Walt Disney himself in it . . played by Tom Hanks! I really don’t know what there won’t be to love in it. So far, just judging from the trailer, it looks like it’ll be funny, heartfelt, and well done!

3. Divergent

Just finished the series. Now I need a movie. And I’m trying not to get my hopes up too far, but it might be great!

4. Captain America : The Winter Soldier

AHHHHHHHH. My best friend and I flipped out when this trailer was released because Captain America is just that awesome! He’s my favorite superhero of all time and I just can’t wait to see him back in action on the big screen!

5.  X-Men : Days of Future Past

Another superhero movie I’m eagerly anticipating! I just watched this trailer and I really can’t wait!

What movies are you most excited for in the next few months and in 2014? There are so many great ones that are going to be releasing!!

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Double Trailer Reveal!

Today I have two amazing new book trailers to share with you for two books I can’t wait to get my hands on.

First up is Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas. Just reading the summary is enough to hook me in already:

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

Find it on Goodreads.
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And next there’s Gravity by Melissa West!

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Find Gravity on Goodreads
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Books to Movies: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

 

I read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas a few years ago, before I even started this blog. The novel was nothing like I expected; actually, thinking back on it, I can’t even remember what expectations I’d held, because they were blown away. It was one of the most heart-wrenching, horrible and beautiful stories I’ve read, not only about the Holocaust, but about anything meaningful.

The other day, I was messing around on Youtube and happened to spot that this entire movie was posted on there for free. Having a bunch of free time and nothing better to do, I decided I’d watch a little bit of it-and found myself finishing the entire thing an hour and a half later. The movie was just as great as the book, capturing the innocence of Bruno and contrasting it against the harsh reality of concentration camps and Nazis. Coming from a unique perspective, the film was at times thought-provoking, funny, and incredibly sad. I loved every minute of it, and now this is one of my favorite movies.

I recommend everyone check out either the book or the movie. They’re both fantastic!

If you want to watch the movie, you can find it easily by searching for it on Youtube. And check out the trailer! Just watching this makes me want to rewatch the entire movie:

books to movies

Books to Movies: Charlie St. Cloud

I’ve been dying to see the film version of Charlie St. Cloud ever since I read the book it was based on, way back in September. I think that’s when the movie was in theaters, actually,  but I ended up never seeing it. Luckily I found the time to watch it the other day, and was pleasantly surprised with how true it stayed to the novel. I fell in love with the book, so full of twists and turns I never knew what to expect. I knew, when seeing the movie, I couldn’t forget that I already had the ending fixed in my head. A good movie can make you forget that, and that’s what this did.

Zac Efron is an actor I’ve warmed up to over the years, and he did a splendid job playing Charlie. I loved going through every emotion of the loss of his brother with him, and following him on the path to closure.

One aspect I really liked that was emphasized a lot in the film and not so much in the book is that for a majority of the story, you can’t be sure whether Charlie really is seeing these ghosts, or if he’s truly as crazy as most of the people in town think he eyes. The psychological part of it was nicely portrayed, and brought around a new level of the book I hadn’t considered before.

Charlie St. Cloud was a great movie. It made me want to laugh, cry, and appreciate everything that I have, before it’s too late. I’ll definitely be watching this again, and I highly recommend it.

Check out the trailer! :

5 stars · action · Fantasy · fiction · paranormal · science fiction · series · young adult

Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Invincible

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Chronicles of Nick #2
Book 1: Infinity

Pages [hardcover]: 420

Opening Lines: They say when you’re about to die, you see your entire life flash before your eyes. They lied.

Memorable Quote:
I’m too young, too smart and too good-looking to die.

First Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first book, Infinity, and luckily my library had the sequel-on the day it was released! Thank goodness for public libraries!

Favorite Characters: Nick & Bubba

Summary:

Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…

Review:

I finished this book in just a few days. I was incredibly happy to see that my library had it on the day it was released! That’s way I love public libraries.

The characters in this sequel were as fascinating and funny as they were in Infinity. Once again it was hard to keep track of all of them, but I did find it easier as time went on. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m confident I’ll know everyone by the time the next book is released.

I really can’t wait to read more of this series. I just put the book down half an hour ago, and already I’m itching for more. I’ll have to read The Dark-Hunters series, the original series, and see if that is as wonderful as I’m hoping it will be.

Nick is as sarcastic as ever in Invincible. I love his comebacks and remarks-even if they do get him in trouble with his mother. I like how he stays true to himself, even if that happens to put him in greater danger. I think he’s a great teen lead and can’t wait to see him continue to grow.

I give Invincible 5/5 stars. I ended up liking it even more than the first book of the Chronicles of Nick.

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Interview with Jennifer Archer, author of ‘Through Her Eyes’!

I am so excited to welcome Jennifer Archer, author of Through Her Eyes to my blog! She graciously agreed to an interview as part of the Through Her Eyes blog tour!

How did you come up with the title, “Through Her Eyes”?

I didn’t! One of the fabulous team of people at Harper Teen came up with the title. I’m pretty sure it came from a scene in the book where the protagonist, Tansy, has recently visited Henry’s past life for the first time, and she thinks: “Who was Isabel? It’s beyond weird that I felt as if I was inside of her, experiencing everything through her eyes and emotions. I don’t even know what she looks like. Did she really exist in the past? Were she and Papa Dan friends? If only he could tell me. Stepping into the photograph added more questions to my list instead of giving me answers.”  

What is your favorite location to write in?

I don’t need to be in one specific place in order to write. When my children were young, I needed a quiet, secluded place where I wouldn’t be interrupted. I usually wrote in my home office with the door shut back then. Over time, though, I’ve realized that noise and activity don’t bother me much as long as it’s not my noise and activity – in other words, noise and activity going on with my family. I find that distracting because I usually want to join them! Sometimes I still write alone in my office, or if the weather is nice, outside in my backyard beneath the pergola my husband built, with the waterfall (he also built) splashing and gurgling. However, working alone every day can get lonely, and lately I find myself heading out the door to go to the coffee shop to write in the mornings. I can usually tune out the sounds around me there and focus on my story, but if the other customers get too disruptive, I just pop in my ear pods and listen to music on my IPod.
 
What did you find most challenging about writing “Through Her Eyes”?
 

That’s a great question. The story is like a puzzle for the reader. Making sure all the pieces clicked together perfectly and at the right time as the story unfolded was probably my biggest challenge. I wanted to keep readers thinking and asking questions all the way through until, one-by-one, all the parts fit and we finally learn the truth. 

If you had to describe your writing in one word, what would it be?

Oh, wow . . . you’re really making me think! As much as I hate to say this, the word is ‘painful.’ For me, writing is a lot like giving birth; the pain has beautiful moments and results in a reward that makes all the suffering worthwhile. 

Have you been inspired by any particular writer’s style?

I think every book I’ve read and admired (and some I haven’t admired!) have inspired and influenced my writing. One of the negative things I experienced when I started writing, was that it ruined reading for me to a certain extent. It’s difficult for me to read simply for pleasure anymore, because I’m constantly scrutinizing how the writer strung the sentences together, the plotting techniques used, the characterization, the pacing, or even how the author managed to stir a certain emotion in me. When I find myself so caught up in a novel that I forget to do these things as I’m reading, I know I’ve discovered a phenomenal book! When that happens, I go back after I finish enjoying the story and reread it with my analytical cap on.

Are you working on any new novels?

Always! I’m working on my second YA novel, The Shadow Girl. I don’t know if the title will change or not, but at least for now, that’s what it’s called.  It should be released in about a year. It’s an emotional story about a girl with a very interesting ability who begins to unravel secrets about herself and her family after a tragedy strikes. She’s also caught up in a bit of a love triangle with two different guys, and one of them has secrets of his own. That’s all I’m going to tell you for now! I’m having a great time with this story. Most of that writing “pain” I mentioned earlier has subsided, and I’m just enjoying the process.

What is your all-time favorite book?

I’m not sure I can name just one, but To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an all-time favorite. It’s brilliant and so powerful. The story deals with serious issues, but still manages to have humorous moments and warmth. And the characters and setting are so real that I feel as if I actually spent time with those people in that place a long time ago – that they are actually long-lost family or friends.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

By the time I was eleven years old, I had moved twenty-three times!

I’ve had a great time visiting your blog, Kayla! I hope your readers will look for Through Her Eyes and contact me through my website or blog to let me know what they think of the story. Until then, I invite everyone to stop by www.jenniferarcher.net to watch the book trailer, and www.jenniferarcher.blogspot.com to join in on the discussion.  

Enter Jennifer’s Gargantuan Giveaway by April 4!
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Thanks so much for stopping by, Jennifer!

To everyone who’s stopped by, be sure to check out the rest of the tour:

Sunday, March 13: Jami at YA Addict (Author Interview)
Monday, March 14: Lesley at YA Books Reviewed (Guest Post)
Tuesday, March 15: Steph at Steph the Bookworm (Author Interview)
Wednesday, March 16: Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! (Guest Post)
Thursday, March 17: Bianca at Nyxen’s Sideways Journey Through Life (Author Interview)
Friday, March 18: Jessi at The Elliot Review (Guest Post)
Saturday, March 19: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Author Interview)

Sunday, March 20: Hattie at Mrs. Deraps Reads (Guest Post)
Monday, March 21: Brent at Naughty Book Kitties (Author Interview)
Tuesday, March 22: Lisa at Badass Bookie (Guest Post)
Wednesday, March 23: Tania at Literary Cravings (Author Interview)
Friday, March 25: Nicole at Word For Teens (Author Interview)
Saturday, March 26: Julie at Bloggers Heart Books (Guest Post)

Sunday, March 27: Kari at A Good Addiction (Review)
Sunday, March 27: Tynga at Tynga’s Review (Author Interview)
Monday, March 28: Casey at The Bookish Type (Trailers Post)
Tuesday, March 29: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Review)
Tuesday, March 29: Anne at Potter, Percy, and I (Guest Post)
Wednesday, March 30: Sab at YA Bliss (Review)
Wednesday, March 30: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Author Interview)
Thursday, March 31: Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century (Character Interview: Tansy)
Friday, April 1: Natalie at Mindful Musings (Tens List)
Saturday, April 2: Jessica at A Fanatic’s Book Blog (Review)
Saturday, April 2: Kim at The Book Butterfly (Guest Post)

Sunday, April 3: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Review)
Sunday, April 3: Diana at Books By Their Story (Author Interview)
Monday, April 4: Maria at The Serpentine Library (Character Interview: Isabel)
Tuesday, April 5: Kate at  The Neverending Bookshelf (New Scene)
Tuesday, April 5: Danielle at There’s A Book (Guest Post)
Wednesday, April 6: Casey at The Bookish Type (Review)
Wednesday, April 6: Lindsay at Just Another Book Addict (Author Interview)
Thursday, April 7: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Character Interview: Tate)
Friday, April 8: Kari at A Good Addiction (Tens List)
Saturday, April 9: JL at An Avid Reader’s Musings (Guest Post)

Sunday, April 10: Kristen at  Bookworming in the 21st Century (Review)
Sunday, April 10: Corrine at Lost For Words (Author Interview)
Monday, April 11: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Character Interview: Daniel)
Tuesday, April 12: Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile (Excerpt)
Wednesday, April 13: Lea at YA Book Queen (Review)
Wednesday, April 13: Cindy at Books Complete Me (Guest Post)
Friday, April 15: Jessica at A Fanatic’s Book Blog (Tens List)
Friday, April 15: Andye at Reading Teen (Author Interview)
Saturday April 16: Maria at The Serpentine Library (Review)
Saturday, April 16: Melissa at Mel’s Books and Info (Guest Post)

Sunday, April 17: Kate at The Neverending Bookshelf (Review)
Sunday, April 17: Christie at Fiction Enthusiast (Author Interview)
Monday, April 18: Katie at Mundie Moms (Vlog – Places Inspired)
Tuesday, April 19: Zoe at Zoe’s Book Reviews (Scene)
Tuesday, April 19: Sarah at Sarah’s Random Musings (Guest Post)
Wednesday, April 20: Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile (Review)
Thursday, April 21: Lea at YA Book Queen (Character Interview: Henry)
Friday, April 22: Sab at YA Bliss (Tens List)
Saturday, April 23: Natalie at Mindful Musings (Review)

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New Book Trailer & Excerpt for ‘Invincible’ by Sherrilyn Kenyon!

I really enjoyed the first Chronicles of Nick book, Infinity, and I’m excited to read the second book, Invincible, which will be released tomorrow!

Plus, these book covers are fantastic. Who could resist them?

Read the first book? Want to get into the series?

Read the excerpt here!

But before you get to reading, check out the awesome book trailer: